It is not a secret to anyone who has known me for the last 10 years that I am a fairly big fan of the band Medicine. I had MUCH love for them. Well, many years ago now, they broke up, for what reason I am not sure, but break up they did. I have missed them in their absence and was lucky enough to have seen them every time they played here to my knowledge before they called it a day. A recent trip to the record store revealed they had a new CD out. I did not buy it for the single reason that the original singer, Beth, who not only had a most beautiful voice, but was COMPLETELY SMOKIN’ HOT, is not in the band anymore and they have a new girl singing. I have no clue if she is hot or not, but she is not Beth! That is blasphemy, just like the Dead Kennedy’s singing without Jello Biafra! Well, just the other day at another record store I saw they had a new 7″ single out. I picked it up cuz it was a cheaper investment than the CD to find out what they sound like now without my beloved Beth (btw – does anyone know what ever happened to her, and most important – if she is free to date me?!). I just got done listening to it, and while it does not suck, it also sounds NOTHING like the Medicine of old. Gone are the super abrasive guitars, gone is Beth. The new girl sounds fine, but the music itself is some average British sounding alterna-rock. Why Brad Laner decided to call this Medicine is a mystery to me, it is nowhere near the same band, he is the only one playing on this record that played on the old ones. They should have just left it alone. Now they are tainting their once great legacy, much like I’m afraid Skinny Puppy might be doing if that song on the Underworld soundtrack is any indication as to what their new record is going to sound like.